Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Justice for Bill Kayong: Police and Prosecution must Ensure Justice is Done! / 38民间组织对卡勇命案裁决失望 联合声明向当局提出四项“请求” 【更新】

Justice for Bill Kayong: 
Police and Prosecution must Ensure Justice is Done!

Joint-Statement by 38 NGOs on 14 June 2017


We, the undersigned civil society organisations, expressed our dismay at the acquittal of three prime suspects in the murder of indigenous rights activist, the late Bill Kayong @ Mohd Hasbie Abdullah.

On 6 June 2017, three of the four accused for the murder of Bill Kayong was discharged and acquitted by the Miri High Court following prosecution’s failure to establish prima facie case against the three.

Following the extensive investigation which was reported in the media; followed by the interpol manhunt for Datuk Stephen Lee Chee Kiang who was eventually extradited from China; and the long history of dispute over Native Customary Rights (NCR) land in Sg Bekelit, Bekenu championed by the late Bill Kayong which involves the Tung Huat Plantation (which Stephen Lee was a director of). The acquittal of the three suspect is a travesty of justice.

In light of the long history of conflict, threats and violence by the accused’s company against the community. Failure by the police and prosecution in establishing adequate evidence against the accused is unjustifiable and can only be described as incompetent. Notable failure by the police and prosecution includes the failure to call for witnesses from the community who could testify and give useful evidence and the failure to adduce the threats made against Miri MP Dr Michael Teo and the Late Bill Kayong as evidence.

The loss of Bill Kayong is felt throughout the country especially in the community in which he had served over the years and it is of paramount importance that his assailants are brought to justice. Failure in conducting comprehensive investigation and providing due evidence for prosecution represents a failure in fulfilling the police and public prosecution’s duties and obligations to the people of Malaysia; and by proxy a failure by the Government of Malaysia in upholding justice and protecting the indigenous peoples and their rights to native customary land.

Furthermore, reflecting on the stakes involved in the case and the history of conflict between one of the accused, the community and Bill Kayong, their acquittal due to inadequate evidence would undoubtedly create and fuel public suspicion that there is an attempt to cover up the crime and protect the assailants.  

To this end, we the undersigned civil society calls:

1.For the Attorney General Chambers to discharge its duties professionally and ensure justice for Bill Kayong and his family and ensure those who have had a hand in his murder to be brought to justice;
2.For the police to act with the professionalism it has shown in the past and discharge their duties accordingly;
3.For the Sarawak State Government to fulfill its promises and obligations in protecting and promoting indigenous rights and the rights to native customary land;
4.For the promise for the establishment of working committee on NCR land with community participation to be implemented immediately.


38民间组织对卡勇命案裁决失望
   联合声明向当局提出四项“请求”

[<人民之友>编者按语] 这篇声明原文是英文。这篇华文译稿是《人民之友》编辑部为了方便华文读者阅览而派员翻译的。若华文词义与原文词义有所差异或甚至抵触,以原文词义为准。华文标题是<人民之友>编者所拟定的。

我们,以下38个民间组织,谨此对被控谋杀原住民维权活跃份子比尔卡勇(伊斯兰名字是莫哈默哈斯比)的3名主要嫌犯被判无罪释放,表示我们的失望和忧心。

今年(2017年)6月6日,随着在美里高等法院宣告四名之中的3名嫌犯被控谋杀的表面罪状不成立,3人(即李志坚、陈伟忠和李昌隆)当场获得释放。

在传媒报道警方对案件进行了广泛调查之后,也在国际警察追捕李志坚而最终从中国引渡回来了之后,更在被枪杀的比尔卡勇生前领导的居住在砂拉越北部的柏可利河(Sg.Bekelit)、柏可奴(Bekenu)等地的原住民维护他们的习俗地权益而跟同发种植公司(Tung Huat Plantation,李志坚是公司董事之一)发生长期纠纷尚未解决之后,在审讯比尔卡勇被枪杀案中竟然先宣告3名被告无罪开释,这简直就是对司法的嘲弄!

根据同发种植公司跟上述原住民社区发生冲突的历史,该种植公司采取威吓和暴力对付社区原住民。我国警方和检察署对无法提出适当足够的证据来提控3名被告,是无法辩解的,只能说是他们(警方和检察署)的失职无能!最为显著的失败包括警方和检察署没有传召那些来自原住民社区可以提供有力证据的证人,以及没有引用那些用来恐吓美里国会议员张有庆(Michael Teo)医生和受害人比尔卡勇的证据。

比尔卡勇的被杀害,最重要的是案件送上法院作出如是判决,全国人民尤其是比尔卡勇长期提供服务的原住民都感到悲痛和失望。失败于进行广泛全面的调查,以及失败于提供应有的起诉证据,就代表着警方和检察署在履行他们对马来西亚人民应负的职责和义务的失败。这也就是,作为马来西亚政府的代表,警方和检察署在维护公平正义以及保护原住民和他们的习俗地权利的失败。

此外,从这宗案件有利害关系的原住民社区和比尔卡勇,跟其中的一名被告的矛盾冲突的历史来看,由于证据不足而宣告3名被告无罪释放,无疑引起及加剧公众人士普遍怀疑,这显然是企图掩盖犯罪行为和保护攻击的人。

为此,我们,以下署名的民间组织,作出以下呼吁:
一、呼吁总检察署专业地执行其应负职责,保证公平正义还给比尔卡勇和他的家属,依法量刑制裁那些在比尔卡勇命案插上一手的所有罪犯;
二、呼吁警察总署遵循其以往表现的专业精神,依法履行其应负的职责;
三、呼吁砂拉越州政府履行维护和促进砂拉越原住民权利和土著习俗地权利的承诺和职责;
四、呼吁砂拉越政府立即实现此前承诺设立的有原住民真正代表参与的土著习俗地工作委员会。

Signatories / 签署单位:
1) Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
2) Malaysian Physicians for Social Responsibility
3) Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (JERIT)
4) Community Development Centre
5) Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)
6) Sahabat Alam Malaysia
7) NTFP EP (Malaysia)
8) Institute for Development of Alternative Living (IDEAL)
9) Persatuan Masyarakat Tering Miri
10) SAVE Rivers
11) Centre for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC)
12) Lawyer Kamek For Change (L4KC)
13) Persatuaan Dayak Sarawak (PEDAS)
14) Jaringan Orang Asal Se-Malaysia
15) North South Initiative
16) Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture (MADPET)
17) Persatuaan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)
18) Knowledge and Rights with Young People through Safer Space (KRYSS)
19) Pusat KOMAS
20) Sarawak Native Land Rights Network (Jaringan Tanah Hak Adat Bangsa Asal Sarawak) (TAHABAS)
21) Baram Protection Action Committee (BPAC)
22) Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Negeri Sembilan (JKOANS)
23) Sarawak Dayak Iban Association (SADIA)
24) Wanita Desa Sarawak (WADESA)
25) Borneo Resources Institute (BRIMAS)
26) Jawatankuasa Kemajuan dan Keselamatan Kampung Kawasan Jagoi (JKKK Jagoi)
27) Belia Jaringan Orang Asal (Belia JOAS)
28) Persatuan Usahasama Kampung Gabungan Tiong, Tamparuli Sabah (PUSAKAG)
29) Monongkad Tinungkusan- Pertubuhan Rakyat Gabungan 5 buah Kampung
30) Pertubuhan AJK Perak Utara untuk menyelesai isu-isu pembalakan yang berlaku di Semanjun, Perak (AJK Perak Utara)
31) Malaysia Youth & Student Democratic Movement (DEMA)
32) Monitoring Sustainability of Globalisation (MSN)
33) Morning Dayak Thing Tang (DYTG)
34) Rise of Sarawak Efforts (ROSE)
35) Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)
36) Lawyers for Liberty (LFL)
37) Sahabat Rakyat (人民之友)
38) Bruno Manser Funds


Relevant Links / 相关链接:

1) 砂人民公正党主席巴鲁比安评卡勇案裁决: 这是砂土著黑暗的一天!这是公正的笑柄!/ PKR: Weak prosecution, mockery of justice in Kayong murder trial

2) 《砂拉越报告》全球独家新闻: 涉嫌比尔卡勇谋杀案 种植集团老板被通缉 / Plantation Boss Wanted Over Bill Kayong Murder - World Exclusive By Sarawak Report


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